Reforming Thai Politics

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About the Publication

Since 1932, Thai politics has undergone numerous political "reforms", often accompanied by constitutional revisions and shifts in the location of power. Following the events of May 1992, there were strong pressures from certain groups in Thai society for a fundamental overhaul of the political order, culminating in the drafting and promulgation of a new constitution in 1997. However, constitutional reform is only one small part of a wide range of possible reforms, including that of the electoral system, education, the bureaucracy, health and welfare, the media and even the military. Indeed, the economic crisis that engulfed Thailand in 1997 led to a widespread questioning of the country's social and political structures. With the sudden end of rapid economic growth, the urgency of reform and adaptation to Thailand's changing circumstances became vastly more acute. It was against this background that the Thai parliament passed major changes to the electoral system in late 2000, just weeks before the January 2001 election. Reflecting on the twists and turns of reform in Thailand over the years and with the first in-depth scholarly analysis of how successful were the recent electoral reforms, this volume is a "must have" for everyone interested in Thai politics and its impact on the wider Asian political scene.

Co-publication: ISEAS / NIAS Press

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Contents

Prelim pages
1. Introduction: Understanding Political Reform in Thailand, by Duncan McCargo, author
I: THE MEANINGS OF POLITICAL REFORM
2. An Overview of Political Reform Issues, by Prawase Wasi, author
3. Good Governance: A Strategy to Restore Thailand, by Thirayuth Boonmi, author
4. Framing the "People's Constitution", by Michael Connors, author
5. The Monarchy and Constitutional Change Since 1972, by Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian, author
6. Human Rights and Political Reform in Thailand, by David Streckfuss, Mark Templeton, authors
7. Democratization and Social Welfare in Thailand, by Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt, author
II: THE POPULAR SECTOR
8. Civil Society and Street Politics: Lessons from the 1950s, by James Ockey, author
9. Civil Society and Democratization in Thailand: A Critique of Elite Democracy, by Somchai Phatharathananunth, author
10. Responding to Economic Crisis: Thailand's Localism, by Kevin Hewison, author
11. Political Reform through the Public Sphere: Women's Groups and the Fabric of Governance, by Philippe Doneys, author
12. NGOs and Grassroots Participation in the Political Reform Process, by Naruemon Thabchumpon, author
III: ELECTORAL REFORM
13. The 1997 Constitution and the Politics of Electoral Reform, by Sombat Chantornvong, author
14. Political Reform and Civil Society at the Local Level: Thailand's Local Government Reforms, by Daniel Arghiros, author
15. Thailand's January 2001 General Elections: Vindicating Reform?, by Duncan McCargo, author
16. Conclusion: Economics, Politics and Civil Society, by John Girling, author
Bibliography, Index

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